Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang has been invited to US President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next Friday. She said she was “delighted” by the invitation will fly to Washington DC next Monday.
A statement said that, other than attending the inauguration and related events, she will also take some time to understand the new US administration’s views on China-US relations, the “One China” policy and Taiwan issues.
It said Chan, now the convener of think tank Hong Kong 2020, would “gladly reflect Hong Kong’s recent situation to the US side.”
It added she hoped the new administration will show concern for Hong Kong issues and continue to support the city’s development of democracy, support the defence of Hong Kong’s freedom and rule of law, and support the implementation of the “One Country, Two Systems” and “Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong” principles.
It will be the first time Chan has attended an inauguration of a US President. The statement said she “will meet old friends and hopes to meet some new friends.”
Interesting how the U.S. sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2016
Since Trump’s election victory, he has made several unprecedented moves such as speaking with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in a 10-minute phone call.
Trump also tweeted: “China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters” and later tweeted: “We should tell China that we don’t want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!” when China returned the drone.
China has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth from the U.S. in totally one-sided trade, but won’t help with North Korea. Nice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
But Trump has rarely commented on Hong Kong issues, though – during the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy protests – he said that incumbent President Barack Obama should stay out of the demonstrations.
President Obama should stay out of the Hong Kong protests, we have enough problems in our own country!Can’t even properly police White House
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2014
Meanwhile, Hong Kong 2020 will on Tuesday announce a series of suggested questions for members of the chief executive election committee to ask candidates, and its members will discuss criteria that candidates should possess.